Book Review: Framed by S.L. McInnis @SLMcInnis @GrandCentralPub #Framed #FramedBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: February 4th, 2020

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Thank you to the author, S.L. McInnis, for sending me a beautiful signed harcover copy of this amazing novel, Framed.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

One dark Los Angeles night, Beth Crawford is driving home from a dinner party, furious at her husband for spending money they don’t have. A few blocks away, a scantily dressed woman in a blonde wig lugs a suitcase full of blood-spattered cash toward a bus stop. In the streets between the two women, police cars flash past, racing to the scene of a quadruple homicide, a botched drug deal in which an undercover LAPD officer is among the dead….

With propulsive energy, deliciously unpredictable characters, and masterful plotting, FRAMED is a fresh take on this bestselling category, offering the smart, dark twists of Gone Girl and Luckiest Girl Alive with powerful suspense and a cast of characters that will get deep under your skin. 

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MY REVIEW:

This book was addictive, edge-of-your-seat entertainment! This is the first novel I have read by this author and I will definitely be on the lookout for more.

Framed follows the story of Beth and her husband Jay. They are out one day for drinks with their friends Emily and Peter. Jay flirts with Emily. Then enter Cassie, she is an old friend of Beth’s. Cassie wants to ask for Beth’s help, but can she bring herself to ask for help after all these years? Cassie’s boyfriend is Rick and he ends up dead. What happened? Is Cassie responsible? Detective Goode is at the scene of a house, there there are bodies and blood everywhere.

I loved the character development in this novel. There are many characters in this story and it is easy to follow along and keep them all straight. Most characters are very likeable and fun to read about. I enjoyed the alternate POV’s as the story evolves and is told from Beth’s, Jay’s, Cassie’s, Rick’s, and Detective Goode’s POV. I find that novels that are told from many different POV’s are very interesting as you get to learn so many different things from each character. Everyone sees things differently, interprets things differently, and it is fun to get all the various pieces and put them all together. Not everyone is as they appear to be and not everyone is being honest, not only with themselves but with everyone around them.

I devoured this book and I highly recommend this book! There are so many twists and turns in this book that you will love, and will keep you wanting to read more. With a big twist at the end that you will not see coming, you will be HOOKED! Totally mind blown right now!

If you haven’t had your eyes set on this novel be sure to check it out and grab your copy today!

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MYRATING: 5/5 stars

Book Cover Reveal: A Sky Full of Stars by Dani Atkins @AtkinsDani @HoZ_Books #ASkyFullOfStars #DaniAtkins #ASkyFullOfStarsBook #bookcoverreveal #bookblogger #bookblog #booksonthebookshelf

Hardback & eBook publication date: 4th February 2021

Paperback publication date: 5th August 2021

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I am thrilled to reveal to you the absolutely beautiful cover for Dani Atkins upcoming novel A Sky Full of Stars!

Thanks so much to Head of Zeus for inviting me to be part of the exciting cover reveal for this novel. I am thrilled to get my hands on Dani’s latest novel, coming to you soon. I have LOVED all of her novels and am so excited for this newest book! Congratulations Dani, I cannot wait to read it!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Tagline: Where one story ends, another begins.

He’d have done everything differently, if he’d known. He’d have held her tighter, kissed her longer. He’d have refused to let her go.

When Lisa married Alex, she gave his life meaning. She was a professional astronomer: a stargazer. And when she gazed at Alex, she saw that behind his tough exterior was a man she could love.

Alex, Lisa and their young son Connor made a happy little universe. But then Lisa dies in a train crash, and their universe is destroyed. Alex is shattered by loss, and overwhelmed by the difficulties of being a single father to a six-year-old boy. How can he and Connor carry on without Lisa lighting up their lives?

Then Alex meets four strangers. Two men and two women, who never met Lisa, but whose lives changed profoundly because she died. As Alex hears their stories, he begins to realise the world may not be as cruel and senseless as it seems. Perhaps, after all, the future is written in the stars…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dani Atkins is an award-winning novelist. Her 2013 debut Fractured has been translated into sixteen languages and has sold more than half a million copies since first publication in the UK. Dani is the author of four other bestselling novels, one of which, This Love, won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2018. Dani lives in a small village in Hertfordshire with her husband, one Siamese cat and a very soppy Border Collie.

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CONNECT WITH DANI ONLINE:

Twitter: @AtkinsDani

Facebook: @DaniAtkinsAuthor

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Website: www.headofzeus.com

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BUY LINKS:

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Book Review: To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan @HarperCollins @WmMorrowBooks @GillyMacmillan @HarperCollinsCa #ToTellYouTheTruth #ToTellYouTheTruthBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: William Morrow, Harper Collins

PUBLICATION DATE: September 22nd, 2020

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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this title via Edelweiss+

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Everybody lies . . .

Bestselling mystery writer Lucy Harper’s talent for invention has given her fame, fortune, and an army of adoring readers. It has also saddled her with dependents, namely her fawning husband Dan.

When Dan suddenly goes missing, his disappearance evokes dark memories that take Lucy back more than thirty years—to the day her brother vanished without a trace. That’s when Lucy began conjuring stories. The police investigation revealed few confirmed details, so she created tales to fill in the gaps, to explain what happened that day her brother disappeared—and young Lucy was the only witness.

Now decades later, with the whole watching, Lucy’s past and present are colliding, and this bestselling author skilled in telling stories is losing control her own narrative. 

Where is Dan? What happened to Lucy’s brother? And is the brilliant mystery writer—an expert in devising red herrings and hidden clues—revealing all she knows about both disappearances?

With twists and turns that lead all the way back to World War II, Gilly Macmillan reveals the answers in this clever and compulsively readable mystery sure to thrill fans of  Liv Constantine and Shari LaPena.

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MY REVIEW:

Addictive, full of twists and turns, and immersive. This novel will have you guessing and second guessing everything that is going on and making you try to figure out what is going on and who is responsible for everything. I love a good book that keeps you on your toes and keeps you guessing and doubting everything you think you know until the end and this novel does just that.

The novel centers around Lucy and her husband. When Lucy was younger, she had an imaginary friend named Eliza, and they did a lot of things together, things that are secrets and Eliza told her not to tell anyone -ever! On the night all those years ago where Lucy’s younger brother disappears, while he was with Lucy, Lucy swears she has no idea what happened to him. Fast forward many years later, and Lucy is now an adult and married, but still has conversations with Eliza and sees her from time to time. What better than an unreliable character such as Lucy to be the main POV and character in this book. Is Lucy telling the truth all the time, half of the time, or does she ever tell the truth at all? It makes for an interesting read as you find yourself questioning everything she says and does.

I enjoyed reading along and trying to figure out my own theories of what happened in the past as well as what is going on in the present. I enjoyed reading the alternating timelines, from present to past, as it builds to the suspense of the present and gives you little pieces at a time of what happened all those years ago.

A definite must read for the year!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: In Case of Emergency by E.G. Scott @EGScottwrites @DuttonBooks @netgalley #InCaseOfEmergency #InCaseOfEmergencyBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #netgalleyy #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Dutton Books

PUBLICATION DATE: August 4th, 2020

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Thank you to the publisher, Dutton Books, for the eARC of this title via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Charlotte, a midthirties Long Island woman, has felt so alone since her promising career in neuroscience imploded. But she has an online support group for trauma survivors; she has Rachel, a friend who has seen her through the worst of it; and now she also has Peter, a mysterious new boyfriend who has asked that their budding romance remain a total secret.

That is why she is too scared to report his disappearance to the authorities when he vanishes without a word.

Weeks later, police contact her to make an ID on a body and she fears the worst for her missing beau. Instead, she arrives at the morgue and feels a terrible relief when she sees a woman she has never met before on the table in front of her. But relief is replaced by confusion, then terror, when Charlotte realizes she has become a person of interest.

Why did Jane Doe have Charlotte listed as her emergency contact? Was it revenge or a warning? And where exactly does Peter factor into all this? As Charlotte becomes the prime murder suspect, she enters into a race against the clock to find truth about the dead woman and the connections they shared. But what she discovers is beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

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MY REVIEW:

Full of suspense and cliff hangers that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow along wanting to know what was going to happen next, and what exactly happened in the past that led to the events that are currently going on. Who is “H” that Charlottetown refers to and what does he know about everything that happened before?

We are introduced to several characters in this book but it is easy to follow along with them all and keep them straight. I found the characters, at least most of them, to be quite interesting and endearing, and to be quite likeable. We are introduced to many characters from Charlotte’s past, which for the most part are the most unlikeable characters in the book, but as you red along you will find out why. I really enjoyed reading from Detective Sylvestri’s POV as I enjoyed his character in the novel and he was an interesting and straight forward person. I enjoyed reading from his perspective and his take on things.

With so many bodies showing up in this novel, and must of the evidence pointing towards Charlotte, it begs the question – is she responsible? And if not, why does it seem that it all is surrounding her somehow? Who is the murderer, why are the victims targeted specifically, and who is next? A highly active, fast paced novel that I highly recommend.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: One Step Behind by Lauren North @Lauren_C_North @BerkleyPub @penguinrandom #OneStepBehind #OneStepBehindBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Berkley

PUBLICATION DATE: September 1st, 2020

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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this title via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Jenna is a wife, a mother, a doctor. She’s also the victim of a stalker.

Every time she leaves her house, she sees him. Disturbing gifts are left at her door. Cruel emails are sent to her colleagues. She has no idea who this man is but she feels powerless against him.

Until the day he is brought into her hospital after a serious accident, and Jenna is given the chance to find out once and for all why this man is tormenting her. Now, the power is all hers.

But how many lines is she willing to cross to take back control of her life?

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MY REVIEW:

A twisty, gripping, disturbing thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder too see if someone is watching you. I loved the suspense in the novel and wondering just exactly why she had a stalker, what he wanted with her, and why her? Jenna doesn’t know him, at least not that she can remember, so why has he been targeting her, leaving her disturbing “gifts” and threatening emails. Not only is she freaking out, her children and husband are also affected as well. Not sure what else to do, she toys with the idea of moving out of their home in an attempt to escape her stalker. Will that be enough for her to flee him once and for all, and for them to restart their lives stress free and safe from their stalker?

I enjoyed the cat and mouse feel of the book, and trying to guess just what the stalker wanted with Jenna. No matter what she did to try to figure out just who he was, she is unable to figure out what he wants with her and her family. Now that he is in hospital after an accident, will the threats and disturbing gifts stop arriving?

An addictive book that you will not be able to stop reading once you’ve turned the first page. You’ll be hooked and want to know what will happen next, and will devour this book until you turn the very last page.

I definitely recommend this book.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: The Wife by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #TheWife #TheWifeBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Bookouture

PUBLICATION DATE: September 9th, 2020

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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Zoe fainted on her wedding day, and she never knew why. She’s always felt sure something bad happened. Ten years later, she’s going to find out what…

It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. Zoe was sitting in her hotel room, in her perfect white dress, looking forward to the moment when she would make kind, handsome Toby her husband.

Then, there was a blank.

They said she must have fainted, overcome with emotion. But nothing felt quite right afterward. Did something happen in that missing time?

Now, Toby and Zoe have two beautiful children and a perfect life. They’re planning their ten-year anniversary party for their family and friends. The invitations have been sent, the food ordered. They’re going back to the grand hotel where they got married.

But as the anniversary gets closer, it becomes clear not everyone is looking forward to celebrating. She catches Toby lying about where he’s been. One of her best friends seems to be ignoring her. And someone is spreading stories that might stop the party from happening at all.

Zoe is increasingly sure that she doesn’t have the full story. But does she want to know the truth, if it will destroy everything?

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MY REVIEW:

Amazing! Thrilling!  I could not put this book down and I was HOOKED from the first page!!

Seriously, if you have not had your eyes on this gripping, addictive thriller then you must add it to your TBR right now! You will devour this book and fly through the racing chapters as you unveil all the juicy, dark, twisty details of just what exactly is going on as the plot unfolds

The book is told from the pov of Zoe and follows her married life to Toby and their two young children. When Zoe and Toby got married 10 years ago Zoe ended up fainting and no memory of what happened to make her faint. Determined to go on with her wedding, even though she was dizzy and had a bump from her fall, she ended up walking down the aisle and marrying the handsome love of her life, Toby. Zoe has a wonderful life with her husband and children, and she gets along brilliantly with her mother and father-in-law.

I loved Zoe’s character and enjoyed reading from her pov. She was an interesting character and I liked hearing about her life and her views on everything. Like Zoe, I too was curious to know what exactly happened on her wedding day all those years ago that made her faint and what happened in those moments where she has lost her memory. I felt so bad for her leading up to her anniversary celebrations and everything that was seeming to go wrong – her husband lying to her, one of her good friends ignoring her, and someone spreading rumours about her. I was eager to get some answers along with Zoe and I enjoyed all the racing and edgy twists and turns this book has. Several shocking revelations and twists that you will not see coming, and that whopper of a twist at the end!?! I LOVED it!!

All of the stars for this book! I cannot wait to see what the author comes out with next!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: The Wife and The Widow by Christian White @MinotaurBooks @StMartinsPress @CWhiteAuthor #TheWifeandTheWidow #TheWifeandTheWidowBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: January 21st, 2020

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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this book via NetGalley and also for sending me a physical copy of this book!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside when she’s forced to confront the evidence of her husband’s guilt. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and The Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love? 

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MY REVIEW:

I loved White’s first novel, The Nowhere Child, so of course I was thrilled to read his second novel!

A thrilling, entertaining story that will have you hooked from the very beginning.

First meet Kate. She is married to a man named John. Imagine being married to your husband and when you arrive with your daughter at the airport to pick him back up from a work trip he doesn’t show? When you call his work, they tell you that he hasn’t worked there for over 3 months. What would you do? What would you think?

Next meet Abby, she is married to a man named Ray. Together they have a teenage son.

This story is told from alternating pov’s… parts are told from Abby’s pov in the past and others are told from Kate’s pov in the present. I love books that have alternating timelines and alternating pov’s so this book was right up my alley! I loved the main characters and reading about their lives and hearing their story. How do their stories relate to one another?

A book that I devoured and highly recommend to everyone! You will be addicted once you begin reading so make yourself comfy when you sit down to begin this book, as you will not want to put it down until you’ve turned the last page!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: The Convent by Marie Hargreaves @TheMirrorBooks #TheConventBook #TheConventNovel #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Mirror Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 14th, 2020

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******* TRIGGER WARNING: *******

 

This book talks about physical, sexual

and mental abuse.

 

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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this amazing title via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

When a fancy car pulls up outside six-year-old Marie’s home in 1959, her dad tells her she is going on holiday.

But little does she know she will not see her home again for four long years. Her family cannot afford to keep her at home.

Marie tells the story of how she was taken away from a poor, but happy and loving home life, to live in a convent – away from everyone and everything she holds dear. Her hair is bluntly chopped, her clothes are taken away, and her name is changed. Then a horrific ritual of physical, sexual and mental abuse begins.

Even after the convent closes, Marie is unable to share details of her suffering with anyone. But when a police investigation is launched, Marie realises that the time has come to tell the truth…

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MY REVIEW:

A gripping, bone-chilling, harrowing, heart-breaking true story of the cruel and sad abuse and treatment of a young girl named Marie. The story follows Marie as she is brought to a convent by her family, as they can no longer afford to keep her at home, and tells about the way she is treated while in the convent. Many shocking and heart-breaking revelations and stories are told in this book, and you will find yourself mad, sad, and will most likely cry as you read along.

I loved reading this story and reading about Marie’s experiences and what she had to endure over the years. I literally could not put this book down once I began reading, and was on the edge of my seat the entire way through as I flipped through the pages to see what happened next. I cannot imagine what poor Marie went through and I felt so sad for her and the children in the convent. It pulled at my heart strings to read the horrific, unthinkable things that little Marie and many more children in this convent went through and how they were treated.

My words cannot do justice for how amazing this book truly is. All the stars in the world for this amazing novel!!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: Hold Your Breath by B.P. Walter @BarnabyWalter @avonbooks #HoldYourBreath #HoldYourBreathBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Avon

PUBLICATION DATE: April 16th, 2020

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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this title via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Kitty Marchland has always known that her family aren’t like others. But when her father uproots them to a remote cottage in the woods, she realises that her parents are keeping secrets from her – secrets that could unravel everything.
 
Years later, Kitty starts to question what really happened out in the forest. When the police revisit a suspicious death, she must examine her most painful memories – and this time, there’s nowhere to hide…

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MY REVIEW:

Addictive, chilling, thrilling! I loved this book from beginning to end. Imagine moving with your family as a young child and moving deep into the woods. Strange things happen while you are there, things you don’t understand and things the adults are keeping from you, and trying their best to hide you from it. Weird, right?

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. There was never a dull moment in the book and it was full of shocking twists and revelations, and keeps you interested the entire time. Young Kitty knows something strange is going on but the adults in her life keep her in the dark.

With shock after shock, and a big twist at the end, you will devour this book!

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MY RATING:4 /5 stars

Book Review: The Half Sister by Sandie Jones @realsandiejones @StMartinsPress @MinotaurBooks #TheHalfSister #TheHalfSisterBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookbogger #booksonthebookshelf

The Half Sister

PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: June 16th, 2020

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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

THE TRUTH

Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father.

THE LIE

But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister.

THE UNTHINKABLE

As the fallout starts, it’s clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn’t as perfect as it appears.

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MY REVIEW:

After reading (and LOVING!) Sandie Jones’ previous novel, The Other Woman, I was thrilled to find out about her latest upcoming novel, The Half Sister. So, of course, I couldn’t wait to read my own eARC copy of this title and was thrilled when it was available to request.

Addictive, entertaining, thrilling, nail-biting! This book will leave you wanting more as you flip through the pages and uncover all the secrets, lies, betrayals, and deceit in this deliciously thrilling novel! Once you begin you will not be able to put this book down.

I loved reading about the seemingly perfect family. That is until the young Jess walks into the family’s life saying she has proof, DNA proof, that she belongs in this family, and their world as they know it is turned upside down and inside out. There is so much going on in this novel you will be hooked as you uncover all the juicy drama as you flip through the pages.

I cannot recommend this novel enough, so be sure to add it to your TBR if you haven’t already! I am thrilled to see what book Sandie Jones comes out with next.

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars